Lead Custodian

Rice University

Houston, TX

Houston, TX, US
Houston, TX
30+ days ago
Position Summary

The lead custodian provides direction to a group of ten to fifteen custodian I employees in various custodial functions: coordinates and schedules work to service the residential colleges; leads the custodial team in floor cleaning projects and general custodial maintenance of assigned buildings; and assists with the distribution of supplies. The lead custodian also inspects the work of the custodian I staff and may perform some or all of the custodian I duties as needed (floor cleaning projects, removing trash from restrooms and different buildings as assigned, as well as cleaning and polishing furniture and other items).

The lead custodian may perform minor maintenance such as: unclogging toilets, changing light bulbs and moving furniture. The lead custodian also picks up, carries, moves, and delivers supplies and equipment. He/She may operate power equipment such as lifts, drills, and other equipment. The Lead Custodian is expected to conduct daily inspections of the buildings' interiors and exteriors.

Ideal candidates should have experience working in the Residential Colleges at Rice University.

Essential Functions

  • Leads a group in performing daily custodial job duties
  • Monitors and inspects all work in progress
  • Provides on the job and classroom training in custodial procedures
  • Meets with customers for feedback on work performed
  • Assists in distribution of Custodial supplies
    Locks and unlocks buildings as needed
  • Performs custodial duties as needed, such as, but not limited to, cleaning, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming and removing trash from restrooms, buildings, and different locations as needed
  • Strips, scrubs and buffs floors as well as shampoos and extracts carpets
  • Pressure washes and scrubs surfaces
  • Polishes and moves furniture
  • Cleans, polishes and stores all equipment after use
  • Performs all other duties assigned

Required Qualifications
  • HS Diploma or equivalent
  • Two years of related custodial experience.
    • In lieu of the experience requirement, additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis may be substituted
  • Must be able to speak , read, write, and comprehend English at an intermediate to advanced level
  • Must communicate effectively with employees and customers
  • Must handle multi-projects and stressful situations in a positive manner

Preferred Qualifications
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work as a team with others
  • Ability to work effectively in and around the public; maintain cooperative working relationships; demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for, a diverse population
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written directions
  • Ability to identify stains and use proper chemicals for their removal

Working Conditions

Work Environment: Primarily an indoor work environment in a variety of university settings which may include offices, food serveries, and residential facilities. May be exposed to temperature extremes in facilities that are not climate controlled.

Work Hazards: Some work may occur at heightened elevations on ladders or scaffolding, or in wet areas. Possible exposure to toxic and caustic chemicals.

Work Schedule: Weekly schedule will vary and will include working on weekends and holidays - Must be available to work any shift required. Overtime is required weekly in May through August.

Physical Demands

Must be able to lift and carry up to 20 pounds several times each day. Requires walking or standing up to eight hours per day. Other physical requirements of the job include the ability to bend/crouch/or kneel, lift, see, reach, climb, and balance.

Essential Personnel

This position is considered essential during a campus emergency. The incumbent in this position is expected to report to campus, provide the essential services designated and work under the overall direction of the Crisis Management Team for the duration of a campus emergency.

About the Company

Rice University